I am SO proud to say that, alongside forty friends and family members, I celebrated my one year anniversary here on http://www.jcpeats.com. To say that it has been a journey, a rollercoaster, and an interesting ride would be a hyperbolic understatement.
However, I’m not afraid of a walk on the wild side.
JCP Eats, as many of you know, started out of eating disorder recovery. It was a private Instagram account that I used to post photos of my food; this, in effect, was changing the way in which I looked at food.
Food photography became just that — photography. A form of art. It no longer represented a struggle on a plate; it was a subject — one that I eventually found to be both beautiful and therapeutic.
That Instagram page became this online community. Fast forward one year and SO much has happened. My passion became my job – and for that, I will always be grateful. I owe that to each of you. Those of you that read, like, comment, and share my posts — it’s all because of you. Thank you, for the bottom of my heart, for making one of my dreams come true.
In true JCP fashion, I couldn’t let the momentous event pass without a proper party. For that, I have several people to thank.
To my friends at Kroger: thank you for being the corporate sponsor of the event.
To my friends at Taziki’s: thank you for catering the fabulous food. It was a hit!
Side note: Lisa and Jeff at Taziki’s make catering an event SO easy. I simply emailed my order and Lisa arrived (early, might I add!) with a smile and all of the goodies. She set everything up beautifully and ensured that food/setup would not be something that I had to worry about. I can’t recommend them enough!
To my friends at Yes Louisville/Yes Working: thank you for the event space and for helping me orchestrate it all.
To Mr. Lemaster, my bestie’s Dad: thank you for being the DJ and for keeping the party going!
To Becky: thank you for being a fabulous bartender!
To Jude: thank you for all you did the day of!
And to each of my friends and family members that showed up to shower me with love: thank you. I owe so much of this to y’all.
In the coming year, I hope to take y’all around the world with me, around the US, and most importantly, around more of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. I want to explore new regions, new cuisines, and new restaurants with you. I want to continue chasing this dream – and I hope y’all will stay along for the ride.
As always: Happy Eating, Happy Traveling, Happy Living!
Y’all come back now, ya hear?
FTC: This is a sponsored post; however, all opinions are my own.